Does not the Minister agree that there are thousands of tons of these eggs in stock at the present time? Does he not also agree that to allow big business—the 12 large firms—to have control of these eggs has been detrimental to small business people everywhere? Would he not consider the idea that any surplus eggs that might otherwise go to waste could be processed and sent to the under-developed countries where "War on Want" is supplying food?
In answer to the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, as he knows, there are now two complaints before the investigation committee, and it is not for me to comment on them beyond submitting them to the committee. As to the second part of his question, this is a commercial matter. It is for the Marketing Board to dispose of its eggs as it thinks best in its own commercial judgment, including the proportion that it chooses to break out. As to our contribution of foodstuffs to less-developed countries, this we do through the World Food Programme of the F.A.O. We make our contribution through that organisation, and it is for the F.A.O. to tell us what it wants us to produce, which is, in fact, barley and not dried egg.
Is it not within the Minister's knowledge that under the 1958 Agricultural Marketing Act he has the power to request this information, and does he not think that he has a duty to furnish it? Does he not further think that the sooner second quality eggs can be freely bought and sold on the market the sooner we can end this commercial nonsense the Board is perpetrating at the moment?